SCYC Members Selling Butter Braids

Starke-County-Youth-ClubMembers of the Starke County Youth Club are taking part in a tasty fundraiser to help support the organization’s after school activities. Butter braid sales wrap up Tuesday, Oct. 11. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says proceeds help fund programs at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary and Middle School, Oregon-Davis Elementary and High School and Knox Middle and Knox Community Elementary Schools. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Looking for Conversation Starter in Documentary

North Judson-San Pierre High School
North Judson-San Pierre High School

North Judson-San Pierre Schools are hoping a film can start a conversation on the future of their school services.

For three days in February, the school corporation will be showing the film “Rise Above the Mark.” The documentary attempts to explain some of the challenges faced in classrooms in the United States.
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Starke County Schools Considering Balanced Calendar

CalendarThe Knox and Oregon-Davis School Boards could vote tonight to adopt a balanced school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year, and the North Judson-San Pierre School Board will consider one when they meet tomorrow. A balanced calendar still features the state-mandated 180 classroom days. The school year starts earlier in August and includes longer breaks in the fall and spring. They can be used for either remediation for students who are struggling or enrichment for higher-achieving pupils. Continue reading

Three Starke County Schools to Take Part in Manufacturer’s Day


The Knox Middle School is hosting Manufacturer’s Day tomorrow. A total of 15 local companies will have booths set up for 7th graders from Knox, Oregon-Davis and North Judson-San Pierre to visit and learn about what they do. Students will also learn what qualifications are necessary to work there. Knox Middle School Principal Joshua Pugh says hands-on learning like this really helps students think about their futures.

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FOP Raises Money for Shop With a Cop

06-04-14 FOP pictureMembers of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #129 raised more than $2,400 at their first golf outing fundraiser on May 31. A total of 32 golfers participated in the event. All the proceeds raised go to the annual back-to-school Shop With A Cop program. It allows underprivileged school-aged children from Oregon-Davis, Knox and North Judson-San Pierre to accompany a police officer to Kohl’s in Valparaiso before school starts in order to buy school supplies and clothes. Kyle Hinds with the Hamlet Police Department says the local FOP plans to continue the golf outing in the future due to its success this year.

Drug Sweep Conducted on the North Judson-San Pierre Campus

hobart-lockrm2Officers from the North Judson Police Department, with the assistance of the Hobart K9 officers, conducted a drug sweep at the North Judson-San Pierre high school and at the middle school on Wednesday morning.

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely told WKVI that there was nothing found during the sweep. The four K9 handlers and dogs checked lockers and vehicles and officers did not find any illegal substances. The K9s did indicate on a couple of items, but Vessely believes it was a passive result as no evidence was found.

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North Judson-San Pierre Drama Department to Present Familiar Musical

 The North Judson-San Pierre drama department will present Grease: The Musical on May 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Director Erin Sprouse said the musical will mirror the movie.

“The movie was actually based off the play,” said Sprouse. “It’s a lot of fun. We’re doing a lot of the costuming from the movie and trying to keep it as true to form so that everybody is really excited about it.”

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NJ-SP Superintendent Responds to Bomb Threat

NJ-SP High SchoolPolice and school officials are following up leads as to who left a written bomb threat at North Judson-San Pierre High School last night. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the perpetrator will be dealt with swiftly and severely both by the school and the authorities. The school handbook outlines punishment up to expulsion. If the person who left the note is over 18, he or she could be prosecuted as an adult. Continue reading

Slight Rise In Lunch Prices At North Judson-San Pierre Schools

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved an increase in the school lunch prices for this coming school year, but Superintendent Lynn Johnson said it was a small increase.

“We do see some slight increases and they are minimal as far as lunch prices,” said Johnson. “We have been behind with our increases and we’re trying to catch up just a bit. It’s just a slight increase.”

The prices are going up due to the inflation in the cost of food and a new diet guideline from the state.

“We are trying to get much healthier choices and the cost of food does increase over time. We do try to keep those at a minimum. Parents and families with multiple children know it’s an expense. We do try and keep that down as much as we can.”

Drug Free Double Dare Event Held at Knox Middle School

This student had fun participating in a physical challenge during the Double Dare event

10 teams from Knox and North Judson-San Pierre participated in the annual Drug Free Double Dare Challenge at the Knox Middle School yesterday afternoon.  Tom Berg was the emcee for the event which brought out several physical challenges.  The students enjoyed themselves and the “Nar-whales” team from Knox Middle School won $20 per person, and Noah from the winning team got the honor of giving Tom Berg a pie in the face. Continue reading

Starke County Youth Club Radiothon Scheduled for May 4th

The Starke County Youth Club is getting ready for its annual WKVI Radiothon fundraiser to be held May 4th.

The Director of the SCYC, Irene Szakonyi, said they recently had their annual evaluation.

“We had our annual evaluation this year, and our results were phenomenal,” she praised. “All of our sites were visited by the state, and out of all possible points we only missed two. It’s fantastic! We’re proud of our staff and kids.”

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North Judson-San Pierre Band Students Collecting Money to Help Henryville Residents

Austin Stacy and Rachel Brent are ready for your donations

The North Judson-San Pierre Middle School and High School band students are marching forward to help residents rebuild the Henryville schools.

Band Director, Matthew Hibbets, says sousaphones have been placed in the Middle and High School Cafeterias and you are encouraged to drop off any spare change into the instruments to help in the effort. The Henryville schools and surrounding communities in Clark County, Indiana were destroyed by tornadoes and all the change collected will help purchase musical instruments, athletic equipment, school supplies and other basic necessities.

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North Judson-San Pierre High School

Approximately 200 youngsters are expected to gather tomorrow at the North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School for the 17th Annual Young Artists Conference sponsored by Psi Iota Xi Sorority, the Starke County Fine Arts Commission, and the Starke County Community Foundation.

Marilyn Lucac is one of the organizers who helps arrange for talented presenters to come to the event.   She explained how many authors would be in attendance.

“We have four published authors.  A few of them will have their books for sale, and will autograph them,” said Lucac.

The Sief brothers will be back again.  The pair were favorites in the past.

”I have a set of twins, Adam and Jeremy Seif, coming.  Adam has a book, ‘All About Spencer.’ I have an order form for the book if any of the children wants one.  Last year he brought books, and ran out,” Lucac said.

This is the Seventeenth Young Artists Conference.  There is a $5 registration fee which includes lunch.  No child is turned away, they can register at the door.

The conference is for children first grade through the fifth, and registration is between 8:30 and 9 a.m. CT tomorrow.

North Judson-San Pierre Senior Named National Merit Scholar

John Eckert

North Judson-San Pierre High School Senior, John Eckert, has been named a 2012 National Merit Finalist. He talks about the program and how one is chosen as a National Merit Finalist.

“It’s a nationally sponsored program that gives scholarship money and recognition to top students around the country,” explained Eckert. “To become a semi-finalist, they look at your PSAT and SAT scores and if you do well there and you’re named a semi-finalist then you’re required to submit an application and an essay, basically like a college application. Then they take a look at all of the semi-finalists and they choose four or five thousand from around the country and they’re recognized as some of the top students in America in their graduating class.”

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Join the North Judson-San Pierre Drama Department in Spring Musical

The North Judson-San Pierre High School Drama Department is looking for you to participate in this month’s production of Les Miserables.

Choir Director, Donna Ness, is looking for singers of all ages to participate in the Les Miserable chorus. Sign-up will be on Thursday, February 16th at 5:00 p.m. You will be required to give information about yourself and pay $10 for a cast t-shirt. Rehearsal that night will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. You will need to attend additional rehearsals February 21st-23rd from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Elisabeth White NJSP


Elisabeth scored a season high 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in North Judson’s 48-42 win over Kankakee Valley. The 5’7 forward dominated the boards for the Jays despite being guarded much of the night by 6’0 and 6’2 defenders in what was described by head coach John Hampton as the best game he has ever seen her play.

Phil Shabi Named Head Boys Basketball Coach at North Judson-San Pierre

North Judson-San Pierre High School’s athletic department is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Phil Shabi as its new basketball coach. He is a 1996 graduate of Wheeler High School and 2001 graduate of Purdue University. Last season, Shabi served as assistant boys basketball coach at Canyon Springs, Nevada High School which captured the 2011 Class 4A State Championship. From 2006-2010, he was head boys basketball coach at Clark, Nevada High School. Prior to that, Shabi was Director of Physical Education and Athletics as well as the head boys basketball coach at Unity Middle School, in Delray Beach, Florida.

Mr. Shabi will serve as a Health and P.E. teacher at the North Judson-San Pierre Middle School.

Starke County Youth Club to Offer Summer School

The Starke County Youth Club will be offering summer school for Knox Middle School students and North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis Elementary students.

Students will be engaged in Math and Language Arts during the summer, but no textbooks will be used. Hands-on computer applications and games and activities will help students learn the skills needed in those subjects. During the afternoon, 20 camps will be offered that range from science and sporting events to dancing and music.

The Starke County Youth Club summer school program will begin June 20th and go until July 22nd. Transportation will be provided.

North Judson-San Pierre 3rd Grade Class Tours Starke County Museum, Courthouse

Dan Roscka tells the students some of Starke County's history

Mrs. Ridley’s third grade class from North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School took a tour of the Starke County Museum in Knox Tuesday morning. The tours were given by Marianne Gappa, June Golding, Peg Brettin and Dan Roscka. Dan Roscka told the students about the time capsule that was opened during the County’s Sesquicentennial.

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